STEM Curriculum

Lake Elementary has a rigorous curriculum aligned with both Minnesota state and national standards. Value added projects are based on the National Science Teacher Association Science Standards, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Math Standards, and The International Society for Technology in Education Technology Standards. Our key focus is on value added learning opportunities for each student.  Technology is seamlessly integrated throughout the curriculum and the use of innovative instructional strategies is evident in every classroom. 

 Teachers regularly use flexible grouping, cooperative groups, hands-on experiences, problem solving, justification of thinking through science notebooks, and academic choice activities which allow all students the opportunity to practice skills based on their cognitive styles, individual ability, and interests.  In addition, teachers work collaboratively with academic support staff, special education staff, and the instructional coach to provide differentiated instruction grounded in research based key instructional strategies to promote cultural interaction within student centered learning environments.

 Our value added STEM themes are strategically woven throughout content areas, making our program unique and innovative.  Value added projects are real world investigations with practical applications and achievable outcomes.  Students start and end each project with an essential question.  Sometimes an essential question is answered, many times it inspires new questions, and sometimes students realize that science and society do not yet have the tools or the capacity to answer the question. Each value added project has learner centered outcomes and is based on our schools five value added standards. 

Value Added Standards

  1. Students will conduct scientific investigations.
  2. Student will collaborate to investigate and/or solve real problems in their community.
  3. Students will use digital media to communicate information effectively to multiple audiences.
  4. Students will develop a deep cultural understanding by collaborating directly with learners from other cultures.
  5. Students will demonstrate creative thinking and develop innovative products.